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NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:15 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 5:45 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver lebron-james-travel

Sorry, LeBron James. You melted down in the clutch during an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, and you broke the rules while doing it.

The NBA announced on Thursday -- using @NBAOfficial, a new Twitter account dedicated to clarifying controversial refereeing decisions -- that James violated the league's traveling rules on a key late-game play.

"Yes, LeBron should have been called for traveling on this play last night," the NBA's statement read.

The play in question occurred during the final 10 seconds of regulation with the Heat looking to draw even with the Clippers. James drove to his left past Clippers forward Caron Butler, appeared to execute a jump stop, and then spun into a turnaround jump shot, which was interrupted by a bump from Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan was whistled for a foul on the play. studied the tape and noted that James did not properly execute the jump shot because he did not land with both feet simultaneously and that he slid his pivot foot as he moved to attempt the shot.

The traveling infraction, which was not called by the refereeing crew of Ron Garretson, Eric Dalen and Derek Richardson, occurred prior to Jordan's foul of James, which sent the Heat's All-Star forward to the free-throw line, which eventually led to overtime.

Despite some obvious frustration at the officiating, all was well that ended well for Los Angeles. The Clippers went on to defeat the Heat, 95-89, in overtime.

James finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 6 turnovers on 7-for-19 shooting. James missed eight free throws on the night, including three in the final 1:21 of regulation.

Here's video of the play in which the NBA publicly admitted that LeBron James traveled, courtesy of


Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:40 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

lol, below poster is a poster boy for ________.  Fill in your own derogatory comment.

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:29 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Traveling?  This is the NBA!!  How are we going to live without the dramatic five step super dunks?  The carry or palming crossover dribble?  The post up backing into and through the derfensive player move that creates space?  The crab dribble?  The pushoff dropstep?  HOw about those fadeaway jumpers that pushoff or kick the defensive player draw contact for the superstar to get to the line?

What make the NBA games special are that its athletes can perform miracle moves, extend their flight or whatever it takes to score.  If you want fundamental play, watch high school basketball.  This is America and we want scoring, scoring and more scoring and anything that facilitates scoring (playing to the shadow's edge of the rules, oh all right, bending the rules) is makes the NBA the great sport it is. 
I wish they would have cancelled the season. 

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:57 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

ever watch breakaway dunks 3 steps r fine as long as it's a cool dunk ridiculous

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:46 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

He actually took 4 steps all total. Then the foul on Jordan wasn't a foul either. No surprise for this Phony league anyway. The fix is in on all major games as the Globetrotters.Physically James is the best, mentally at the bottom.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:40 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Of course it is a traveling violation ... one that gives an advantage to the offensive player.

But, I am not going to pile on LeBron James as he only does what he is allowed to get away with ... the real issue is that the NBA does not have referees who are trained and courageous to enforce the rules of the game.

It is NOT Sports Entertainment to witness these repeated rule violations ... it IS a travesty to Sports.

Tweeting after the fact is a whole lot different than competent Officiating in the moment.

And I cannot decide if it is a step in the right direction by the NBA to call out the infraction ... or an insult to fans who want to see a level playing field.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:38 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Hey dumba$$, did you actually watch the game or see the traveling non-call? It wasnt 3 steps you fool. He took 7 (SEVEN!!!!!!!) steps after picking up his dribble. There is no way I can be convinced that the refs saw the travel & purposely kept the whistles out of their mouths. Its yet another shining example of how fixed & corrupt the NBA is.

On another note...LeChoke doesnt do it again. My God, if there was a way to transplant Kobe's or MJ's heart/soul into LeCHoke, there would be zero argument about who the GOAT is, but the glaring difference between those two & LeChoke is that James wants to win...but Kobe & MJ NEED to win. If leChoke ever gets to the point where in his soul he needs to win, the Heat will win every title every year until either he retires or his body breaks down.

Fortunately for the NBA, it simply isnt in his DNA. His legacy will be similar to Marino"s: great player, but not even close to being in consideration as GOAT.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:30 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Theres a difference.  Jordan=6 rings.  Lebron=0 rings and an hour long media dis to the cleveland fans.  He has been traveling since he came into the league.  Go as far as taking 5 steps before dunking and never getting called on it.  Stern is a joke.  

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:03 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Never called it on Jordan, LeBron is no different. They put fans in the seats which translates to cash in the owners, the players and the league.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:03 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Sadly, I don't believe that type of "no call" will ever change in the NBA.  It went exponential with Bird, Jordan, etc...remember the great Jordan "move" against Russell or McGrady's "hop step"?  Sadder still, the stars would still be the best if it were called correctly and I would be a bigger fan.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:00 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

I believe that was not missed but what is commonly referred to as "STAR TREATMENT", alot of the big names get away with anything and never get called. Lebron could play a whole game with a flat ball, but because he is a star nothing is called. Had this been a no namer the whistle wouldve blown. The same goes for fouls, the same guys get away with murder but if they drive the hoop the whistle blows no matter what and they are on the line. If the actual fundamentals of basketball that we were taught in grade school were applied to the NBA with no favoritism 99% of these guys wouldnt know what to do, & if a game was called fair right down the middle alot of these stars would foul out just about every night. But nobody pays to see them sit and thats why nothing ever happens.

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